Tuesday, May 16th 2017

AMD Announces High Performance Computing Platform - "Naples" is EPYC

Today on their Financial Analyst Day 2017, AMD has taken the lid off their "Naples" Zen implementation. The balanced Zen core in its unrestrained, server-grade level has become EPYC, with AMD CEO Lisa Su holding the silicon in her bare hands. The new EPYC platform with its I/O performance improvements allows more GPUs to be connected to a CPU than any other platform, with up to 128 PCIe lanes being expected on these server-grade chips.
The Naples-based EPYC chips as announced by Lisa Su will carry up to 45% more cores, leveraging 122% greater memory bandwidth, and 60% more I/O bandwidth than their competitor's (read, Intel's) solutions. Expect more information to be available shortly.
AMD is also looking at EPYC to usher in virtualization environments...
Thought it would seem that what the company is actually looking to do is out-muscle Intel in the server market by offering not only greater performance, lowered power consumption and greater flexibility...
While tearing Intel a new one in the platform density equation, announcing a denser platform that simultaneously offers more cores and more I/O, while taking up less space and consuming less power, which should also improve thermal characteristics and overall operating costs, which are frequently much higher throughout the lifespan of the hardware than the initial investment.
AMD also promises a much simplified machine intelligence architecture compared to Intel's by fully integrating platform requirements in their EPYC processors.But this is not all: AMD is committing to a road-map of excellence, with further upgrades to its platform linearly lined-up so as to allow businesses to perform long-term planning and investment.
Source: AMD Financial Day 2017 Webcast
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40 Comments on AMD Announces High Performance Computing Platform - "Naples" is EPYC

#26
wiyosaya
Well, they could have called it something like Content Rendering and Productivity...but people probably would still buy it anyway. ;)
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#27
wiyosaya
deu
To all the people here:

Only kids care WHAT the name of the CPU is; men/professionals care about shear performance. It might seems as trolling alot of you guys but I think you are caught in at the point where talking about CPUs means more than actual CPUs. Complaining about the naming when 7 years of development is articualted into a product (whether intel or AMD) seems almost benign ignorance. I hope most of you subject your world to a higher level of critism. How many systemadmins will be like; "20% more power.... but the name... we'll pass" (fired within a week)
:respect:
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#28
notb
deu
Only kids care WHAT the name of the CPU is; men/professionals care about shear performance.
This is possibly the most naive comment I've seen on this forum lately.
deu
Complaining about the naming when 7 years of development is articualted into a product (whether intel or AMD) seems almost benign ignorance.
Well... a child needs 9 months of pregnancy and years of taking care of and educating. And at some point in life it will not be chosen in a recruitment process for some company's spokesman. Not because he didn't have enough qualification, but simply because the board didn't want to be represented by someone called Dick.
deu
How many systemadmins will be like; "20% more power.... but the name... we'll pass" (fired within a week)
Who here is a sysadmin for a large company and has full freedom of choosing the brand of server equipment - raise hand...
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#29
Disparia
I had full freedom when I held that title :)
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#30
deu
notb
This is possibly the most naive comment I've seen on this forum lately.

Well... a child needs 9 months of pregnancy and years of taking care of and educating. And at some point in life it will not be chosen in a recruitment process for some company's spokesman. Not because he didn't have enough qualification, but simply because the board didn't want to be represented by someone called Dick.

Who here is a sysadmin for a large company and has full freedom of choosing the brand of server equipment - raise hand...
Dude; you can get mad all you want; Real people make decisions based on relevant information; Acting as if the name even remotely matters to a industry that put all its effort into power and uptime just exposes you as a live-at-home teen or a manbaby. CPU's are not babies; they are inanimate physical representation of performance. Stop thinking that the world thinks like you would; there is a industry that could not care less about the name. Do you think the Chinese goverment and CERN will pull out of their endevor just because the print on the CPU is EPYC?

And in regards to your last answer; Anyone choosing their 1000-core serverfarm etc. based of the NAME of the CPU should get fired instantaneously.
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#31
notb
deu
Dude; you can get mad all you want; Real people make decisions based on relevant information; Acting as if the name even remotely matters to a industry that put all its effort into power and uptime just exposes you as a live-at-home teen or a manbaby. CPU's are not babies; they are inanimate physical representation of performance. Stop thinking that the world thinks like you would; there is a industry that could not care less about the name. Do you think the Chinese goverment and CERN will pull out of their endevor just because the print on the CPU is EPYC?
Again: "dude", "manbaby". This is just sad.

But OK, I'll try differently. Do you like the name Ryzen? Don't you think it was a great choice considering what we see now... even in comments on TPU: "AMD has Ryzen" and so on.
This is the same marketing idea after all. Risen->Ryzen, Epic->Epyc.
It's just that "risen" is a normal word. "Epic" is a word used by people that say "dude".
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#32
Totally
OMG, people in this thread need to grow up. I just voiced an opinion wait it wasn't even an opinion just an assumption on how I'm going to die a little on the inside from the jokes on the name that I know will be coming from certain individuals. Now we have name calling, indirect insults, and the all pervasive and annoyingly pompous "if you are a real X enthusiast/person you do/don't about Y" statement. Holy Shit, when did TPU turn into reddit.
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#33
medi01
notb
We're getting dangerously close to "you can't be a tech person if you have stylish trousers, date a pretty girlfriend and go out to a club on Friday evening".
No, we aren't, it's just you with logical fallacies.

Technical person picking one CPU over the other, because one has a BETTER NAME is an incompetent idiot. This has nothing to do whatsoever with his/her private life, way he/she is dressing and pretty much anything else.

notb
Who here is a sysadmin for a large company and has full freedom of choosing the brand of server equipment - raise hand...
There are no sysadmins in large companies (we might, perhaps, have different understanding of what "large company" means) that are choosing the brand of the server equipment, as in large companies it's not their job to do it.

Product are evaluated by a number of focused groups, including infrastructure architects and at some point purchasing department also weighs in.

CPU code name is NEVER EVER EVER taken into account as it has absolutely no practical impact.
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#34
XiGMAKiD
At first I pronounced it the same way as EVGA then I realize that it is supposed to be pronounced "Epic" and I was like :wtf: :shadedshu:
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#35
Totally
medi01
No, we aren't, it's just you with logical fallacies.

Technical person picking one CPU over the other, because one has a BETTER NAME is an incompetent idiot. This has nothing to do whatsoever with his/her private life, way he/she is dressing and pretty much anything else.
No one ever said they weren't going to not pick a cpu over the over because of a name. So why are even discussing this?
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#36
deu
notb
Again: "dude", "manbaby". This is just sad.

But OK, I'll try differently. Do you like the name Ryzen? Don't you think it was a great choice considering what we see now... even in comments on TPU: "AMD has Ryzen" and so on.
This is the same marketing idea after all. Risen->Ryzen, Epic->Epyc.
It's just that "risen" is a normal word. "Epic" is a word used by people that say "dude".
You dont seem to understand the point; A name for a mainstream CPU is MORE important due to the fact that SOME of its potential buyers actually buy based of the naming scheme. Trust me in the EPYC segment the people buying will NOT. We are talking about professional people making informed purcases of thousands of dollars worth of hardware. Its not a soccermom or a 14 year old kid buying a celeron-i7 CPU. You can argue all you want; I understand the importance of a name (my future relies on it), but you just have to trust me on this or be forsaken and lost forever.
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#37
medi01
Totally
No one ever said they weren't going to not pick a cpu over the over because of a name. So why are even discussing this?
You perhaps need to re-read the thread.
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#38
Totally
medi01
You perhaps need to re-read the thread.
I did before I posted.The only one else who raised any issue about the questionable name was notb and he said nothing of the sort and I know what I said.
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#39
medi01
Totally
I did before I posted that the only one else who raised any issue about the questionable name was notb and he said nothing of the sort and I know what I said.
It is exactlz what notb meant and I am not sure what you have to do with it.
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#40
notb
medi01
It is exactlz what notb meant and I am not sure what you have to do with it.
Could you precisely explain what I meant? :)
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